ponedjeljak, 22. svibnja 2017.

Sights to see, places to visit (Ston, Croatia) / Znamenitosti za vidjeti, mjesta za posjetiti ( Ston, Hrvatska)

Hello and welcome to another feature of 'Sights to see, Places to Visit'. It's been a while since my last one. Anyway, today I'm taking you to Ston, a small but fascinating city in vicinity of Dubrovnik. Ston is both a city and the name of a municipality that consists of a number of small villages, including Mali Ston ( meaning Little Ston) that is located in immediate vicinity. One could even say that it is connected with this city. 

Ston is mainly known for its famous Walls, also known as the European Wall of China. Originally more than 7 km long, the Walls of Ston surround the Ston city and were (as you might guess) build to protect the city. Why the city needed so much protection, you might ask? Two words: Salt works. 

 That brings us to is second attraction which are the still operating salt works. Ston has the oldest salt works ( saltern) in Mediterranean (possibly even in the whole Europe).  At the time the city walls were build, Ston belonged to the Republic of Dubrovnik, but foreigners often attacted the city trying to steal its salt, which at times, was measured by its weight in gold. So, in efforts to defend its salt works the Republic of Dubrovnik build a whole network of defense- but we'll leave that talk for some other time.

Ston city was modeled on Dubrovnik city.  Not surprising, since this city was build, maintained and protected by the Republic of Dubrovnik.  Today the Walls are 5.5 km long and in a shape of pentagon. Within the Walls, there are fifteen blocks, each consisting of ten houses. Two most notable buildings to see are the Bishop's Palace and The Republic Chancellery. 

The church you see behind me (on the first photograph and many others to come) was badly damaged in the earthquake in the nineties. The church is dedicated to Saint Blaise, who is also a patron saint of Dubrovnik. This is actually the third church build at this exact place. The first two churches were destroyed in an earthquake. We shall hope the third time the charm.






































Believe it or not, this was actually my first visit to Ston city. I always wanted to go, but only recently I finally got the opportunity. We went there on the 1st of May. A friends of ours decided to go there on a whim. When called us asked us whether we would like to join them,we got ready in a half an hour and headed there. It was a lovely sunny day. Exactly as one imagines the first of May ought to be. I wore a casual outfit because we planned to do a lot of walking. I have had this ruffled shirt for ages, but I never seem to get tired of it. So, I paired it with this silver skirt and biker boots. I think it was a pretty good outfit for an active day. I felt dressed up, but not overdresses. Anyway, we didn't end up visiting the famous Walls, but we  enjoyed a fabulous lunch and went for a stroll in Little Ston (more about that in my next post). There were so many tourists everywhere! I guess that everyone knows about this place.

















Another thing Ston is famous for is its cuisine, most notably sea food. There are a dozen of seafood restaurants in Ston city. The one we ate in was marvelous, the dishes were delicious and the service was very friendly. If you visit this city and decide to dine there, you must try sea food. I couldn't  fully enjoy it for health reasons, I only had a little bite to taste it...and it was delicious. I admire my strength of will...It took a lot of will strength not to eat it all. I actually ordered a tuna salad and it was yummy but still I envied my husband who ate about a kilo of seafood. 










Finally, the salt works. I do recommend visiting them. They are not only beautiful but educational. Salt in Ston is of exceptional quality. My husband always says it is the best in world. I can attest to that, but it is probably the best salt one can find in Croatia. Thank you for reading!






















































Broj komentara: 90:

  1. nice!

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  2. Prelepe fotografije, a ti divna kao i uvek! ♥

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  3. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  4. Bila sam u Stonu jednom davno, trebalo bi opet :)
    Jako lijepo izgledaš :)

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    1. ja bi ovdje rado došla na ljetovanje, baš mi se svidjelo mjesto.

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  5. Love the photos. Ston has a very interesting architecture style!

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  6. Oh I like your ruffle printed shirt! :)

    This seems like such the perfect day for sightseeing too! I've never been to a salt works before but it sounds like you had a lot of fun there :)

    Hope you have had a wonderful weekend! :)

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  7. looks lovely, i'd like to visit too!


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  8. This is one of my favorite features! It's always fun when you show us around Split. How interesting that Ston is both a city and municipality at once and how it's made up of a number of small villages. It certainly looks quite charming.

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    1. thanks Rowena. It is a charming place indeed. I wish I could vacation here.

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  9. Dearest Ivana,
    Very chic, your outfit - it's good that you will not get tired of wearing this blouse, it looks pretty and is great to combine. Ston seem to be a "stonning" (stunning ;-)) place. Very beautiful photos! I have never heard of a more than 7 km long wall in Europe. Very interesting!
    Oh, and I love to eat mussels!
    Hugs to you,
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    1. thank you Rostrose. Ston is a lovely place indeed.
      Mussels are great...and here they're especially tasty because they are so fresh.

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  10. Lovely post my dear! I'm always in love how you weave history in the places that you'd like us to see. I definitely hope that someday, I could visit all the places that you have posted on your blog. Have a lovely week my dearest! :)

    love lots,
    Tin

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    1. thanks sweetie, I hope you'll get the chance to visit this place.

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  11. Lovely photos! It looks like a really nice place to visit and I love your outfit! :) xx

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  12. You look gorgeous sweetie!!! :)
    Lovely place, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Que maximo amei lindo lugar,
    tenha uma semana abençoada, obrigado pela visita.
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  14. Nice place!!!!!! You are so pretty!!
    xoxo
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  15. I really enjoy this post, Ivana! I love how you described the city and the history behind it. I had no idea about the salt from Ston, are they sold worldwide, imported I mean.

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    1. Tourists can buy it at spot, but I don't think it's being exported yet.

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  16. Oggi mi faccio conoscere un sacco di cose belle della Croazia è un posto fantastico e ci sono già stata ottimo anche il cibo bella tu un bacio

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  17. Was that a giant pineapple in one of the photos? Or am I mistaken? Love your flirty shirt btw. Happy new week, Ivana.
    hugs
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    1. No, I think that was actually a palm tree with its leaves cut.It looks strange without it leaves, right? This Winter has been a lot harsher than usual, so basically most of palm trees have either died or their leaves have dried out completely.

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  18. Missed you and your blog! Sorry, I'm not around much, I'm pretty tired lately. Happy belated 🎈

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  19. Thanks for the tour on Ston. Dubrovnik is on my travels wishlist ;) The sea food looks so yumm! Love your blouse dear! xx
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    1. Dubrovnik is gorgeous, I hope you'll get the chance to visit it.

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  20. I really want to visit Croatia one day. There is so much to explore in this beautiful country :)

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    1. thank you Lubka. There is much to explore here indeed.

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  21. Ohmygoodness this place looks amazing! These photos are so beautiful, I'm super jealous that you got to go here. And I think a massive plus is the lack of tourists, man you had it all!

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  22. Uživala sam u ovoj objavi i svašta naučila :) Znaš već koliko volim putovanja, istoriju i slično. Nadam se da će crkva opstati. Koliko god priroda znala da bude nemilosrdna, ljudska volja je tvrdoglava ;) Jako lepo deluje kako okruženje, tako i njena untrašnjost. Nisam znala da je solana toliko stara. Uvek me fascinira kada pomislim da je so imala takvu vrednost, a danas je na većoj meti i od šećera. Sve je relativno...
    Ti si divno ispala na slikama. Bluzica je preslatka i baš za proleće :) Moja omiljena slika je ona na kojoj su ti raširene ruke. Prosto se oseća tvoja pozitivna energija :) <3

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    1. sve ima neko svoje zašto, prednosti i nedostatke, da nije ovdje zemlja močvarna, onda ne bi bilo ni solane.

      Mislim da je danas veliki problem što je sol u svoj hrani, pogotovo gotovoj hrani, tako da zapravo solimo slano...no unatoč tome što to znam, moram priznati da ja solim svako jelo. Sol mi nekako najbolje pomogne za niski tlak.

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  23. Very nice pics! Have a lovely Day! ������

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  24. Ciao Ivana,
    grazie per averci portato in questa località della Croazia.
    Bellissima tu e che splendida camicetta.
    Un bacione
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  25. Third time is certainly the charm, what a sweet little church! I can imagine how beautifully cold it must be in there on a boiling hot summer's day :) I love this pretty blouse on you Ivana, you certainly seem to enjoy the warmer weather!!

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    1. yes, it is very fresh inside of it. That's why I always loved Dalmatian's stone houses. The stone walls really protect against the heat.

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  26. I'd love to visit Croatia! There are such many places I want to see))
    Ivana you look so beautiful. Lovwly outfit.

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  27. You visit such cool places Ivana. Keep sharing because I'm travelling with you through these posts. Ha! You look wonderful! Great blouse!

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  28. Great place! Lovely photos!

    kisses:)

    xBasia

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  29. These photographs are absolutely gorgeous hun! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

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  30. Sono stata molte volte in Croazia ma a Ston non sono mai stata e invece sembra davvero un bel paese!!! Sarà per la prossima vacanza da quelle parti. Un bacio e grazie per la tua visita,
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  31. Thanks my dear, I miss you. Wonderful look and pics

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  32. It reminds me when I went to Croatia, you that know I loved it :)
    Your outfit is pretty and The mussels look delicious!
    Have a lovely evening
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    1. thank you Nuria:) The mussels were very delicious:)

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  33. Oh very interesting place darling~
    xx

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  34. Thanks a lot :D

    this place look amazing dear. Seems to be so relaxed :D Nice pics and great outfit as usual <3

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  35. My friend is visiting Croatia now. Wish I could join her too. Love the sights, dear! xoxo

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  36. such a great post :) you have an amazing blog!

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  37. A lot of wonderful photos my dear! I must visit Croatia one day-this is such a beautiful and interesting country :-)

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    1. thank you, I hope you'll enjoy your visit when you do.

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  38. Dear Ivana, hopefully you feel already better ... and with your health is everything as good as possible. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post! Ston is obviously a wonderful city and I'm surprised you visited this town for the first time!

    And you look elegant and beautiful in your outfit of today. This length of the skirt suits you very well.

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    1. health is so-so, but that's always the case when Spring arrives. Thank you!

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  39. Amazing place from the look of it :) The light - the sunlight - it's soooo different to Poland - I can almost feel the brightness of it. Great information - the salt work is unbelievable !!!! And you - a beputiful lady in the middle of it - GREAT :):) Cheers :))))))))))

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    1. thanks Margot...yes, it was very sunny that day:) our kind of sun:).

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  40. Oh that looks such a yummy dinner (I'm a foodie!). Glad you enjoyed your first trip to this wonderful place. Sometimes the best stuff happens on a whim!

    I wonder what makes that salt the best? What I mean is, I am not sure I have much preferences for salt and couldn't probably say which one is best or not best. I always buy sea salt, usually the same brand. But last time, I bought salt from a Korean store, it was much cheaper and significantly different from what I am used to. Salt in America is usually very dry, almost like sand, but this one was almost damp and not as salty as I am used to. Does it make it not a good salt then? I am sincerely curious about it. :)

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    1. indeed...unplanned trips are often the best.

      I think that Ston's salt is considered so good because it is made in the most traditional way possible with no additives.

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  41. i´ve said this already in the past: i LOVE your "Sights to see, places to visit" postings. it´s cool to present your region on your blog on this way. this is really a great landscape.

    could it be, that you fell in love with these tights? i saw they really often in the last posts of you. it´s a nice piece - like it...!

    bye.

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    1. I have a few pairs of these grey tights, they're great...but I forgot the name of the brand.

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  42. Hvala ti sto si nas prosetala ovim prekrasnim mestima. Uzivala sam u svakoj fotografiji :-)

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